The subject matter is what originally drew me to the book — it is a topic in which I am very interested.
Koppel’s work is divided into three parts, the first of which describes how susceptible the U.S. is to a cyber attack.
The second part breaks down just how unprepared everyone, from the power industry to the federal government to the everyday person, is for a long-term lights-out situation.
It also touches on the reaction people likely would have in that type of a situation.
The third part address what needs to be done to survive such an attack.
Koppel interviewed those already preparing for disaster situations — such as preppers and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — which is quite fascinating.
Personally, I think this topic is important for those unaware of the nation’s vulnerability to such an attack and this book is a good place for them to start.
It shows just how easy it could be for those with ill intentions to take down the U.S.
One note of criticism I have is that I found Koppel’s narrative voice to be somewhat dry — but I always have felt that way about his reporting, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise.
Overall, I gave “Lights Out” four out of five stars on Goodreads.
Disclosure: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.